What a relief to find this board where there are people who are going through the same thing!
After reading quite a bit this evening about CSP, the why seems to make more sense. Depression runs in my family and I have always felt I had some anxiety issues, as well as Obsessive Compulsive tendencies.
I pick everything! Scabs, blemishes, my lip (which I have to pause my typing to pick at currently) and loose, dead skin are my targets. I have realized recently that I run my hands up and down my arms, usually unconsciously, to find any bumps or irregularities to pick at. If I am unable to find anything, I move to my legs, my feet, my face and scalp. If I am still unable to find anything, I dig out my finger nail clippers and I have a few scars on my legs that I will go at to give myself something to pick at.
I haven't been able to pinpoint any particular triggers to my picking, it is almost a constant action for me. I am usually in a stressed and/or anxious state.
The results of my picking have never kept me out of social situations or to cover up, no matter how bad and I don't usually feel bad about doing it or have any other negative feelings about it, it is just something I can't help but do. I do regularly tell myself while I am picking that I need to stop doing it, but I can't control my urge to do it.
I look forward to reading some of the other stories out there and see if i can't apply some of the successes to my own situation and possibly break this habit.